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March 16th, 2009
Texas State playwright wins national award


A. John Boulanger, a Texas State graduate student, is the winner of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Student Playwright Award.

Boulanger’s play, “House Of Several Stories,” was originally selected as one of seven productions presented at the regional festival held at Texas State last month. It then progressed as one of 56 plays from eight regions, and was selected as only one of four to make it all the way to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. This is the first time a Texas State production advanced this far.

“Winning this year’s award is a huge honor,” Boulanger said. “One that I’m still not quite sure has fully sunk in yet. I’m still dumbfounded when I recall some of the names of past winners.”

Boulanger’s play has been described as a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family, its unusual guests, and how stories help fill vacuums in people’s lives caused by death, loss and dysfunction.

Boulanger will receive a $2,500 prize, as well as membership in the Dramatist Guild of America. The award also comes with a publishing option with Samuel French, a summer residency at the Sundance Theater Laboratory and contacts with literary agents.

“Winning this award has personally fueled a desire within me to persevere with my craft,” Boulanger said. “I’m excited about future writing projects, which I have started in the past, but which have resided as mere icons on my laptop for months, in some cases years. With this award comes a great responsibility, if only to myself.”

Boulanger continued, “Membership into the Dramatist Guild of America alone is a great step forward for me as a writer. The resources it provides are invaluable. The publishing option with Samuel French will hopefully lead to the script reaching a wider audience through future productions across the country.”

Boulanger earned a bachelor of fine arts in directing from Texas State in 2005, and will graduate in May with a master’s of arts in playwriting.

“House Of Several Stories” will be performed in the Family Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on April 18, at 7:30 p.m. For more information about Boulanger or his work, contact the Texas State Department of Theater at (512) 245-2147.

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0 thoughts on “Texas State playwright wins national award

  1. John, I am so proud of you and your success. You have worked so hard for this and really deserve this win. I cannot wait to see what the future brings. Love you.

  2. House of Several Stories is an icredibly powerful, dark, hilarious and original play! Congratulations! This is a great opportunity well deserved. Theatre companies across the nation should read this work as soon as it’s published!

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